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Bitter Sweets | [Roopa Farooki]

Bitter Sweets

In 1950s Bengal, Henna Rub, a precocious, wayward teenager, brings off a brilliant marriage to a wealthy romantic, Ricky Karim, trapping him with a web of lies that she has spun with her wheeler-dealer father. And so on his wedding night, believing himself married to an educated, sonnet-reading, tennis-playing soul mate, Ricky is horrified to discover that his new bride is in fact a lazy, illiterate, shopkeeper's daughter.
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In 1950s Bengal, Henna Rub, a precocious, wayward teenager, brings off a brilliant marriage to a wealthy romantic, Ricky Karim, trapping him with a web of lies that she has spun with her wheeler-dealer father. And so on his wedding night, believing himself married to an educated, sonnet-reading, tennis-playing soul mate, Ricky is horrified to discover that his new bride is in fact a lazy, illiterate, shopkeeper's daughter.

As Ricky and Henna uneasily tolerate their loveless marriage, the way is paved for a future of double-lives and complicit deception - an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona. But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones...

©2007 Roopa Farooki; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Cosytoes
    6/3/12
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    "Roopa does it again"

    Roopa Farooki writes fantastic stories about mainly Indian subcontinent characters but with accessibility to everyone. THis story has so many twists as it follows the lives of several generations from Bengal to Tooting Broadway that it will keep you guessing until the last chapter.
    THe author has a great ear for dialogue and understands family situations well.
    THis is the third book of hers I have read/listened to and I look forward to the next one.

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